Pocket Paper Notebook Showdown & Why Notebooks

This is a neat article detailing the difference and similarieties between Moleskine and Field Notebooks.  Essentially Field notebooks are more portable but Moleskine offers more options both in size and construction.  This article detailed a few different kinds of Moleskine notebooks I was unaware of.
Passion journals to detail what you are interested in from dining out, tea, books, beer, home life and more.
Japanese Inspired Sketch Album where the page stretches out about 5 times it’s original width
One that links up to Evernote (I knew about this one)
Upon looking further the only differences between the passion journals is the cover, also there is no method of expansion.  If you are looking for something that accomplishes this purpose but expands check out levenger:   http://www.levenger.com/Circa-Simply-Irresistible-Sampling-Kit-5961.aspx
I quickly followed this article with another:
Arguing that a notebook can be much faster and more convenient for learning/jotting down notes on the go letting fleeting thoughts be captured but not capture you.  This author even recommends a certain kind of pen for their ability to resist leaking and to write everywhere.
A useful follow up to the previous notebook article, this author recommends the Field Notebooks for his on the go jotting.

Can I Weave That on My Rigid-Heddle Loom

By Liz Gipson
Gipson, Liz. “Can I Weave That On My Rigid-Heddle Loom?”  Handwoven (2015, Nov-Dec).  28.  Nook.  3 April 2016.
This is a great article.  It manages to explain how to read a ‘draft’ or weaving pattern as well as how that can translate onto a rigid heddle loom.  The author manages to skillfully explain the complications involved in changing a weaving pattern to a rigid heddle pattern without saying that it is impossible.  As she finishes her article: “Over time you’ll learn which kinds of patterns you enjoy doing on a rigid heddle loom with pick-up, and which ones you find too much like milking a mouse.”

Knitting Machines

“The Passap brand used a different system for making the knit stitches, and is no longer being produced. I have only used Brother knitting machines, so this discussion is geared specifically to Brother, and generally to the Japanese machines. In addition, I have excluded hobby machines, such as the Bond Incredible Sweater Machine, from this discussion simply because I have never seen or used one. However, my understanding is that these machines work in a similar fashion but have fewer features than the home knitting machines. “
Your gauge limits what kind of yarn that machine can knit, though there is usually a range.
The decrease in popularity of machine knitting means that several companies no longer find it profitable to produce machine knitting devices
“Standard gauge machines are the most common. They have 200 needles with a needle pitch of 4.5 mm. They knit a wide variety of yarns, everything from lace weight to sport weight. This makes for beautiful knitted clothing and sweaters, but not the typical heavy ski sweater.Bulky gauge machines have 114 needles with a needle pitch of 9 mm. They are designed to handle worsted weight yarns to create sweaters that look like hand knits, but can also be used with sport weight or bulky yarns. This is your heavy ski sweater.”

You can use punchcards, mylar cards, or an on board computer to create patterns.  Machines have different ways of doing this.

(Most of the machines that I have ever seen are probably hobby machines and will not last too long.)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I listened to this book. For over 20 hours I listened to this book, only for it to end on a cliff-hanger! The plot was intellectual and interesting, the characters seemed to have depth, and despite the detail that caused the book to be quite long the plot moved along fairly well. The narrator/reader was fantastic, there were different voices for each character adding a depth to the point that you feel as though you are listening in on someone’s conversation.

I really cannot articulate why I did not find this book to be something that I found a passionate interest in. Between the alchemy, history, vampires, witches, and mystery I should have been sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. Instead I found the main characters to be very, blah. What it really comes down to for me is that I cannot see myself being friends with these characters. If I like the characters I can get passionately involved in a book, even if I hate them then I want to see what happens next.

Perhaps I will re-listen to this in a few years, maybe I will pick up the sequel, probably not though.

Lovecraft Collection: Interactive Nightmares Kindle Fire App

Cost: .99
Begins with the Beast in the Cave: illustrated by Javier Sahagun
I do find the interactive elements to be interesting.  The sounds in the background have immersive qualities until you almost feel that you are in the dark, dank cavern that is being spoken of.  Within the first ten pages several elements are available to touch, though most only do one thing, a few give you some measure of control.  The change from typed words to script on occasion can be quite jarring, I do not believe that today’s youth would be able to read the passages at all since I am having trouble despite knowing script.
Continuing on the book does become very immersive, the blood spatters, the stone clunking to the floor, you really do become immersed in the experience.
It turns out that The Beast in the Cave is the only immersive book that they have created thus far, but considering the detail and interesting elements of this book I can imagine it took quite a bit of time.

The Sonnets by Shakespeare Kindle Fire App

http://www.amazon.com/Socratica-LLC-The-Sonnets-Shakespeare/dp/B004T36AX0?ie=UTF8&keywords=shakespeare&qid=1459447708&ref_=sr_1_4&s=mobile-apps&sr=1-4

I began with the videos and when I clicked on Sonnet 1 to watch I was taken to YouTube on the Silk.  Phrases Like:

“Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament

And only herald to the gaudy spring”

Are not explained at all, there is no external explanation of any of what Shakespeare means.  Listening to the sonnets, reading them, or searching through them, no where in this app can an explanation be found.

If you have to read them for class, or enjoy reading Shakespearean prose and have a good idea of what they are supposed to mean; This is a good book for you.  If you are a layman without a clue then this not a great introduction to Shakespeare’s Prose

Girls, Jews, and Sex

(Orenstein notes the Photoshopping of higher necklines and sleeves onto girls’ yearbook photos, and lots of girls have stories about how much more frequently girls are punished for their clothing choices than boys are—and girls who are non-white or plus-sized are singled out the most.) “When Rambam talks about modesty, he doesn’t talk about what you’re wearing,” Ruttenberg pointed out. “To him, modesty meant not showing off your money, not being the guy who takes up all the space in the room and drowns out other people.”
*(Okay so this article encourages masturbation and the discussion of such with your children, citing that most young women do not know what feels good and have a self image reliant entirely on their experiences with young men and how they are viewed by those young men rather than how they feel themselves.  I don’t agree with all of it, I don’t disagree with all of it.)*
She continued, “Real modesty doesn’t mean crushing other people’s spirit or policing other people’s clothing. It’s not about dumping your not-fully-developed-spiritual issues about women onto the women. We need to ask men to tzimtzum, to contract a bit. We don’t let dieters shut down doughnut shops!”